History and Recognition

25 years of highlights

1993: An IUPUI team attends the national Campus Compact Summer Institute for Integrating Service in Academic Study; the Office of Service Learning is established in November.

1994: The United Way Day of Caring begins as the first campuswide volunteer service event.

1995: IUPUI Chancellor Bepko endorses President Clinton’s America Reads Challenge, and tutoring K–8 youth begins through the strategic use of community work-study.

1996: IUPUI is one of four campuses selected nationwide to participate in the Kellogg Peer Review of Professional Service project; results in documenting service at IU.

1997: The Office of Neighborhood Partnerships is established; receives the HUD-Community Outreach Partnership Center with the Westside Cooperative Organization to support mutually identified goals.

1998: IUPUI is selected by national Campus Compact as a model program; Dr. Robert G. Bringle receives the national Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award as an outstanding service learning educator.

1999: The Community Service Scholarship Program, named in honor of community leader and advocate Sam H. Jones, is solidified through Commitment to Excellence funds.

2000: IUPUI is one of 12 universities selected to participate in the Community Higher Education Service Project, hosting a team from the University of the Free State in South Africa and sending a consulting team to South Africa.

2001: The American Association of State Colleges and Universities selects IUPUI as a campus that demonstrates a high level of commitment to civic engagement.

2002: U.S. News & World Report, in their "America’s Best Colleges" edition, recognizes IUPUI for its excellence in service learning programs, an honor that becomes an annual tradition.

2003: The scholarship program is renamed the Sam H. Jones Community Service Scholarship Program in honor of Sam Jones, the lifelong civic leader of the Urban League; IUPUI designates Commitment to Excellence funds for civic engagement.

2004: IUPUI Chancellor Bantz establishes the Chancellor’s Civic Engagement Awards for Faculty and Community.

2005: IUPUI is selected as one of 12 campuses to assist in the design of the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement and receives the formal designation in 2006.

2006: IUPUI is one of three universities to receive the inaugural Presidential Award by the Corporation for National and Community Service for exceptional accomplishments and distinction for Hurricane Katrina relief.

2007: The Center for Service and Learning Research Collaborative received a designation as a campus Signature Center to convene scholars and to advance research, particularly through the IUPUI Book Series on Service Learning Research (Stylus).

2008: The Center for Service and Learning hosts third annual conference on international service learning and a symposium for student civic outcomes in collaboration with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

2009: IUPUI is recognized as one of the top five “Best Neighbor” colleges and universities in the nation at the annual conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

2010: The Center for Service and Learning hosts the 10th Annual International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Conference, attracting 404 attendees from 44 states and 13 countries.

2011: The Center for Service and Learning, in collaboration with campus colleagues and George Washington Community Schools, establishes the Midwest Center for University-Assisted Community Schools.

2012: The Center for Service and Learning establishes the Robert G. Bringle Community Engagement Showcase in honor of retiring executive director Robert Bringle; Julie Hatcher is appointed as new executive director.

2013: IUPUI is selected as one of 73 campuses nationwide to participate in NASPA’s LEAD Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.

2014: IUPUI Chancellor Paydar leads campus strategic planning, including a goal of “deepening campus commitment to community engagement”; the Office of Community Engagement is established.

2015: IUPUI is successfully reclassified for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement for both curricular engagement and community partnerships.

2016: The Center for Service and Learning collaborates with the Office of Academic Affairs to facilitate the faculty learning community on public scholarship; language for public scholarship is integrated into campus-level promotion and tenure guidelines.

2017: The Center for Service and Learning joins a national network of Bonner Scholar Leader schools.

2018: The Center for Service and Learning celebrates its 25th anniversary by co-sponsoring the national Campus Compact Presidential Reception, hosting the 10th Annual Research Academy, and capturing stories of engagement across the years.